Seat Ibiza FR gets diesel powerSpanish marque makes diesel the sporty option

21 January 2010

Seat Ibiza SC FR TDI front

Diesel version of Ibiza FR joins the range

The Seat Ibiza supermini range is about to be complimented by a sporty FR diesel version.

The is already available as a 148bhp petrol-powered version, but the Ibiza FR TDI will use Volkswagen Group’s latest 2.0-litre turbodiesel. It produces a potent 141bhp - enough to accelerate the car from 0-62mph in 8.2 seconds – and will be available in both three-door ‘SC’ and five-door hatchback body styles.

Top speed is 130mph for the three-door, 129mph for the five-door.

Seat Ibiza FR TDI is sporty yet frugal

Eager performance aside, the latest Ibiza FR TDI is still capable of 62.7mpg on the combined run (according to EU figures) and emits 119g/km CO2 - meaning it will cost just £35 a year to tax.

Standard equipment includes climate control, unique FR styling details, stability control and ‘XDS’ electronics which mimic the reactions of a mechanical limited slip differential, though not as effectively.

Seat Ibiza SC FR TDI exterior

Ibiza FR TDI offered in both 3- and 5-door

Diesel with manual vs petrol with DSG?

By making the diesel FR TDI available in both three- and five-door hatchback body styles, Seat is broadening the models’ appeal - already enhanced by the improved fuel economy and low annual road tax.

By fitting a six-speed manual gearbox in place of the petrol's seven-speed DSG auto gearbox, the diesel may also prove more involving to drive.

The Seat Leon FR TDI turbodiesel is the bestselling model in the bigger Leon hatchback line-up; Seat is clearly hoping to replicate some of that success for the Ibiza.

The new Seat Ibiza FR TDI is available to order now, priced from £15,520, a substantial £945 more than the petrol version.


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